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December 12, 2018

Mwingi bus crash pupils mourned in requiem mass

Kitui governor Charity Ngilu, CS for Education Amina muhamed and  the CS for foreign affairs Monicah Juma  follow proceeding at  thr brequriem mass at  for the 10 St. Gabriel school children who died in the saturday accident.
Photo by Musembi Nzengu
Kitui governor Charity Ngilu, CS for Education Amina muhamed and the CS for foreign affairs Monicah Juma follow proceeding at thr brequriem mass at for the 10 St. Gabriel school children who died in the saturday accident. Photo by Musembi Nzengu

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lamented the Saturday night Mwingi accident that killed 10 pupils from St Gabriel Boarding Primary School was caused by human error.

“It is sad and unfortunate that we lost such precious lives whose dreams and vision were cut short by human error,” he said yesterday.

Uhuru said the tragedy could have been avoided had had all parties adhered to traffic regulations and laws.  

The remarks were contained in Uhuru’s message of condolence read out to mourners by the  Education CS Amina  Mohamed during a requiem mass for the 10 school children who died.

The event was held at St Joseph’s Seminary in Kitui county. The mass was presided over by Catholic Archbishop of Nyeri Antony Muheria who is the apostolic administrator of the Kitui diocese.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sense of loss that I send you this message of condolence and encouragement following the loss of  children in a road accident,” the President said.

He urged teachers and guardians to be vigilant and ensure the safety of children. “It is better to be safe than sorry. It is better to be late by one day  than to lose  precious lives,”  noted the president

Kenyatta wished quick recovery for  the h pupils who were still hospitalized following  the  accident  so that  they could heal and continue  with  their studies.

Amina was accompanied by her  foreign affairs  colleague Monicah Juma and  he  Principal  Secretary Belio Kipsang. She  announced  that  her  ministry  would  give each of  the  families  that  lost a child in the accidents Sh. 100,000 towards burial expenses.

 Other who had attended the  mass  were  wiper leader  and former  VP Kalonzo Musyoka,  Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu former Kitui Senator  David  Musila and his  successor Enoch Wambua  as well as  as   former presidential candidate Mr. Kaluyu and a number od MPs.

Kalonzo   whose sentiments were  echoed  by Musila and a number of local MPs lamented  the  deplorable state  of   roads  in Kitui county  a factor he said  contributed  the   accident.

He  called  for fast tracking  of  the Kibwezi-Kitui-Mwingi road saying  had it  been completed the night accident could  not have happened  as the children who were returning to Mwingi from and educational tour would have arrived before  sunset.

Ngilu  said it was  not time to apportion  blame but to moarn the departed souls.She said  her administration would sponsor the erection of a commemorative plague at  the  kanginga bridge in memory of  the 10 school children who died in the accidents.

The  for Mwingi  west  and central  Mressrs  Charles Nguna and  Gedion Mulyungi  respectively where the accident took place  blamed the  contactor  who is rehabilitating the Thika-Mwingi road  for  having contributed  to the accident by leaving a heap of marram of  the side of the road.

 

The  said  the  school  bus rammed into the heap before flying across the Kanginga bridge and landing into the  river bed.

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